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Saturday, March 31, 2007

News for 03-30-07

03-30-07 - Unknown militants murder religious man in Gaza

03-30-07 - Details of killing of 10th grader in southern Jenin Israeli forces shot the boy in the neck, reported medical sources at Dr. Khalil Suleiman Memorial Hospital in Jenin. Israeli soldiers also shot 17 year old Ahmed Mahmoud Essa'has twice in the head and side. He is hospitalized in stable condition as is 20 year old Shaouki Fayyad Essa'has

03-30-07 - One Palestinian Killed, Eight others Injured in an Explosion in Khan Younis The sources believed that the explosion took place when members of the Qassam brigades, the military wing of Hamas, were training at a camp of its own in the southern Gaza Strip city

03-30-07 - Militant group threats to kidnap Israeli soldiers The militant group -- the Popular Resistance Committees (PRC), vowed on Friday that it would intensify carrying out armed attacks against Israel in the West Bank and kidnapping Israeli soldiers.

03-30-07 - Arab residents commemorate Land Day Arab residents of Israel, especially in Sakhneen, Al Taiba, and Kufur Kanna Palestinian towns, marched on Friday in commemoration of the Land Day, and carried Palestinian flags, chanted slogans against the Israeli policies of discrimination, land annexation and racism.

03-30-07 - Israeli military practices involving Palestinian civilians come under question Images of an Israeli arrest raid in the West Bank have raised concerns that the army is flouting its own supreme court's ruling against forcing civilians at gunpoint to serve as human shields. Israel was caught using Palestinians as human shields. This is not a new phenomenon either.

03-30-07 - Efforts continue to free BBC man

03-30-07 - Olmert Rejects Right of Return for Palestinians

03-30-07 - Bil?in Commemorates Land Day Today was the 31st anniversary of ?Land Day,? a day when Palestinians commemorate the killing of six Palestinians in the Galilee in 1976. Israeli troops killed these non-violent demonstrators during peaceful protests over the confiscation of Palestinian lands

03-30-07 - On Land Day, 3 Palestinians Arrested in Village of Rafat

03-30-07 - Non-violent protest against Wall in Tulkarem for Land Day

03-30-07 - Secret Briefing by Zinni Seen as Key In Aipac Duo Trial Defense lawyers have sought the testimony of those in attendance to demonstrate to the jury that meetings between administration officials and Jewish representatives were common practice, and that intelligence was frequently shared during these powwows without the participants knowing the information was classified. But, as first reported in the Forward last month, the Jewish representatives who attended the meeting are refusing to cooperate with the defense team......In Zinni, the defense team would be turning to a harsh critic of both the Iraq War and neoconservatives at the Pentagon, who according to Zinni thought the invasion would stabilize American interests in the Middle East and strengthen Israel's position. "I think it's the worst-kept secret in Washington. That everybody - everybody I talk to in Washington - has known and fully knows what their agenda was and what they were trying to do," said Zinni in a May 2004 interview with the CBS News program "60 Minutes."
Zinni - one of the good guys :) In a nation whose media and politicians are so cowed by this lobby, it is welcome to find such a rare person that has the cojones to stand up to them. In my book, that puts them on par with the founding fathers of this nation.

03-30-07 - Greenpeace warns of nuclear mishap "Ambiguous policies about the possible existence of a nuclear program in Israel only serve to destabilize the region. A policy of honesty and transparency is in need to pave the way to nuclear free Middle-East,"

03-30-07 - Arab League initative crucial to peace, says Abbas The Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas has warned of escalating violence if Israel fails to accept a peace initiative sponsored by the Arab League.

03-30-07 - Olmert says peace deal possible within five years But, in an interview with the Jerusalem Post, Mr Olmert insisted there would be no concessions over refugees. "I will not agree to accept any kind of Israeli responsibility for the refugees. Full stop," he said. No refugees would be allowed to return to their family land in what is now Israel, he said. "Any refugee coming to Israel. Full stop. Out of the question. I'll never accept a solution that is based on their return to Israel, any number." Wow.

03-30-07 - Joint Israeli-Palestinian cooperation Israeli defense officers meet with Palestinian Presidential Guard to discuss, coordinate Abbas security


03-30-07 - Palestinian Child Political Prisoners 2006 Report

03-30-07 - Palestinian PM says if embargo goes on, they have other choices "We have dignity, and we don't wish to see the embargo going on forever."

03-30-07 - Um Salamuna village protest the construction of the wall Around two hundred protestors marched in the village of Um Salamuna, south of Bethlehem to protest the construction of the wall on their land and to commemorate the 31 anniversary of Land Day.

03-30-07 - Israeli army chief says captured soldier is alive: report

03-30-07 - Never mix between Hamas, national coalition platforms: Official

03-30-07 - Palestinians warn Canada of necessity for dialogue Canadian officials yesterday confirmed they would not meet any member of the new government, taking a harder line than the White House A policy that can be attributed to the influence of Canada's very powerful Israeli lobby.

03-30-07 - Father and son used as human shields in Nablus

03-30-07 - Nonviolent commercial strike in East Jerusalem in support of Al Aqsa Mosque and Sheikh Ra'ed Salah

03-30-07 - Israel Might Launch an Offensive on Gaza, Israeli Army Chief Says

03-30-07 - Iran: Attack fears spurred nuclear block ** Iran, in a confidential letter posted Friday on an internal Web site of the U.N. nuclear monitor, said its fear of attack from the U.S. and Israel prompted its decision to withhold information from the agency.

03-30-07 - More Sewage Floods in Gaza are Likely, as Um Al Nasser Village Faces a Crisis

03-30-07 - Jerusalem church leaders call for support to end embargo Leaders of churches in Jerusalem in an Easter message have urged Christians around the world to work to end an international financial boycott of the Palestinian government imposed after the Islamist Hamas movement came to power in 2006

03-30-07 - The Real 'Existential Threat' ** The coming war with Iran will not end until the entire region is aflame ? with the fire spreading to three continents, and beyond. Is this the price the world is willing to pay to put an end to the "existential threat" to Israel?

03-30-07 - UN chief urges Lebanon dialogue

03-30-07 - Risks and rewards in Ramallah

03-30-07 - Pelosi to address Knesset Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, will address the Israeli Knesset, before heading to Syria

03-30-07 - Farrakhan speaks to the media In a prescient moment, the Honorable Minister Louis Farrakhan even chided Mr. Bashir on the methods used by the media to mislead the public, noting that in this almost two-hour interview, only portions would actually be viewed by the public after selective editing.

03-30-07 - House to consider 'human shield' resolution The U.S. House of Representatives is to consider a resolution condemning Hezbollah for using "human shields" during its war against Israel.
The only problem with this piece of legislation for Israel is that in its exhaustive research of that conflict, Human Rights Watch found no such evidence that Hezbollah was using human shields. In fact, Israel only recently was caught (on tape via AP) doing that very thing. Add to that the fact that Israel, knowing that a ceasefire was imminent (expected in 3 days), fired a million cluster bomblets into mainly civilian areas of Lebanon. These bomblets have continued to kill and maim Lebanese and foreign officials that are trying to find and destroy them. Israel has to this day refused to provide the UN with detailed maps of where it shot off the cluster bombs. My guess is because that would offer definitive proof that ISRAEL TARGETED CIVILIAN AREAS. Lastly, this is not a matter for Capitol Hill. So much legislation is being passed in the halls therein that has nothing to do with THIS country. In fact, it seems to be taking up increasingly more valuable time that could be devoted to matters of import to the AMERICAN people. You know, the ones that are PAYING THE $@@$%ING TAXES. Here is an older HRW report on Israel's use of human shields in Jenin.

03-30-07 - In the service of the Jewish state The attempt to send the well-known former SS Colonel Walter Rauff to Egypt having failed, the Israeli Service with all probability (however this has not yet been confirmed) had engaged Subject [Walberg], whose sentiments and past would arouse no suspicions in Egypt that he is a Jewish agent."

03-30-07 - Construction of massive IDF base gets government go-ahead One of the stated objectives of the project, set to be completed within four years, is to ensure the hold of state lands by preventing the establishment of unlicensed Bedouin communities.

03-30-07 - Aguda supports Iraq war Agudath Israel of America declared its support for President Bush's conduct of the war in Iraq.

03-30-07 - Report: ADL, BBI reps were at Rosen event Representatives of ADL and B'nai B'rith reportedly are refusing to cooperate with the defense in the classified information case against two former AIPAC staffers......The ADL and B'nai B'rith fear being drawn into a case that already has complicated AIPAC's mission in Washington. Haul 'em in, fellas.

03-30-07 - Hold lifted on aid to Abbas U.S. Rep. Nita Lowey (D-N.Y.) lifted the hold she had placed on funds for security forces loyal to the Palestinian Authority president.

03-30-07 - Carter wins ‛truthteller' award Among those presenting the award will be Rabbi Leonard Beerman, founding rabbi of the Leo Baeck Temple in Los Angeles and a board member of the U.S. Interreligious Committee for Peace in the Middle East.

03-30-07 - Officials: Arrow can take what Iran can give "Our Arrow operational system can without a doubt deal with all of the operational threats in the Middle East, particularly in Iran and Syria,"

03-30-07 - Army widows group shunned minorities ? report An organization of Israeli army widows blacklisted minorities, one member charged

03-30-07 - Parliament wants talks with Palestine A majority in Parliament thinks that the Netherlands and the EU should re-open dialogue with the Palestinian government

03-30-07 - Show features Palestinian art The Olympia-Rafah Sister City Project will host a recep tion and talk at 2 p.m. Saturday to introduce Palestinian art that will be exhibited during April at Traditions Cafe & World Folk Art, 300 Fifth Ave. S.W., Olympia

03-30-07 - Women?s March in Hebron on April 1st

03-30-07 - Ellison on Israel trip Others on the trip are: the Foreign Relations Committee chairman, Rep. Tom Lantos (D-Calif.); the Government Reform Committee chairman, Rep. Henry Waxman (D-Calif.); the Rules Committee chairwoman, Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-N.Y.); the Natural Resources Committee chairman, Rep. Nick Rahall (D-W. Va.); and Rep. David Hobson (R-Ohio.).

03-30-07 - A chance for Bush to change legacy

03-30-07 - Meeting Up with Palestine in Iowa: Why I Love that State

03-30-07 - Beirut bars Israeli reporter An Israeli journalist was excluded from a press delegation accompanying U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon to Lebanon.

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Friday, March 30, 2007

News for 03-29-07

03-29-07 - Young Palestinian killed in West Bank

03-29-07 - Saudi FM accuses Israel of always rejecting peace Saudi Foreign Minister Saud al-Faisal accused Israel on Thursday of consistently rejecting Arab peace offers, after it refused to accept a revived Middle East peace plan.

03-29-07 - Palestinians cling to 'right of return' "I remember my village like I remember that I need to pray," says Zeinab. "I will never forget my village."

03-29-07 - Palestinian child dies of wounds suffered on Wednesday near Ramallah Oweidah was shot as he approached, along with some of his friends, the Israeli Annexation Wall near Qalandia, in Ramallah in the northern part of the West Bank; no other casualties were reported.

03-29-07 - Palestinian dies of wounds sustained on Wednesday in the Gaza Strip

03-29-07 - The Al Aqsa Brigades vows retaliation for assassinations of its leaders

03-29-07 - Israeli forces abduct two civilians from Hebron

03-29-07 - IDF NCO, 3 others charged with selling weapons to Palestinians Four men, including an Israel Defense Forces non-commisioned officer, were indicted Thursday in Nazareth Magistrate's Court for selling weapons to Palestinians in the West Bank. The court lifted the two-month gag order on the case, revealing that 16 additional IDF soldiers have been questioned, 10 of whom will stand trial in IDF military courts.

03-29-07 - Fateh members in EU express disappointment at continuing Israeli aggressions both in word and deed

03-29-07 - More harassment and stonings in Tel Rumeida When the HRWs asked the police to remove the settlers from the Palestinian garden, a solider told the them that the garden was a Jewish property.

03-29-07 - Clark says Iran attack would harm Israel **

03-29-07 - Possible Breakthrough Seen in Israeli-Arab Peace

03-29-07 - MDA enters Ramallah to save Palestinian baby Two Arab-Israeli paramedics took the call. ....The paramedics evacuated the unconscious baby, just a few hours after two other babies, who went to the same daycare center as the boy, died of similar symptoms.

03-29-07 - Palestinians build new outpost near Bil?in

03-29-07 - PCHR weekly report on Israeli violations in the occupied territories

03-29-07 - Attacks on northern West Bank include Jenin and Nablus

03-29-07 - Missing in Gaza: Whereabouts of kidnapped reporter remain a mystery Palestinian journalists in Gaza have held two 24-hour strikes over Mr Johnston's kidnap and have set up a protest tent in Gaza City displaying pictures of the captive reporter. Shuhdi Kashef of the Gaza journalists' union has promised protests will continue until he is freed. Civil Society groups throughout Gaza have also registered strong condemnations of the abduction.

03-29-07 - India backs Middle East peace, Palestine cause Calling for a 'comprehensive and just peace' in the Middle East, India Thursday reiterated its commitment to an independent Palestine and underlined its close and multi-faceted ties with the Arab world.

03-29-07 - Official Statistics: 187,000 Dunums Built-up Land in Israeli Settlements in West Bank

03-29-07 - Doha Debates favours Palestinians? right to return to their motherland Ali Abunimah has argued that the right of return for Palestinian refugees is a fundamental right and that international community should pressurise Israel in the same way it pressured the then Apartheid regime in South Africa to give up the racial policy.

03-29-07 - Arab leaders offer Israel guarded peace offer

03-29-07 - Strain between Vatican and Israelis over taxation and confiscation of Catholic properties

03-29-07 - Saudi call for BBC man's release

03-29-07 - Abbas warns of negative results if his coalition rejected

03-29-07 - Palestinian refugees in Iraq appeal Arab Summit to rescue them

03-29-07 - Study: Arabs may be poorer, but Jews get more welfare funds The government spends more in welfare on the Jewish sector that it does on Arab citizens, even though the Arab population has a higher rate of poverty, according a report issued by the Sikui Association for the Advancement of Equal Opportunity on Thursday.

03-29-07 - Lebanon opens beneficent center for elderly Palestinian refugees Lebanon has opened a beneficent center in a bid to care for elderly Palestinians refugees in the country, local newspaper The Daily Star reported on Thursday.

03-29-07 - Irish arts group: 'Reflect' on Israel ties An Irish arts academy passed a motion calling for Irish artists and cultural institutions to "reflect" before cooperating with events or institutions sponsored by Israel.

03-29-07 - The Little Saudi Surprise: So It Stings. Live With It "The Israelis want to win the lottery without paying for a ticket," said Jamal Khashoggi, a former Saudi Embassy adviser in Washington. "The lottery is normalized relations with Saudi Arabia, but first they must pay for the ticket by reaching an agreement with the Palestinians."

03-29-07 - Attempt to toughen terrorism act launched An e-mail was being sent around this week seeking co-sponsors for a bill drafted by the office of Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-Fla.), the ranking Republican on the U.S. House of Representatives' Foreign Affairs Committee. An unidentified staffer for Ros-Lehtinen wrote the e-mail, which was "To counter attempts by Rice/State to deal with unity govt and send assistance to non-Hamas members of unity govt."

03-29-07 - RJC loves Lieberman The RJC routinely attacked Lieberman as soft on Israel when he was the Democratic vice presidential candidate in 2000.

03-29-07 - Israeli experts: Hezbollah most dangerous Hezbollah poses the most immediate international terrorist danger, Israeli experts said at a conference that drew top U.S. officials. The Institute for Counter-Terrorism, an independent think tank comprising former top Israeli security officials, ran a workshop Wednesday at the Israeli Embassy in Washington on changing strategies in combating terrorism.

03-29-07 - Jerusalem mayor spied on terrorists for MI5 The revelation that the mayor was among those assisting the British to contain the right-wing groups - described by their Jewish opponents as well as the British authorities at the time as "terrorists" - came in yesterday's issue of the daily Yedhiot Ahronot.

03-29-07 - Students support wide-ranging anti-semitism policy After an impassioned debate delegates at the National Union of Students' annual conference yesterday adopted a policy against anti-semitism that covers some criticism of Israel.

03-29-07 - ?Revoke citizenship of Arab MKs?

03-29-07 - It's Their Land This reporter was informed that not only had Israel confiscated acres of the most fertile of Palestinian land they had also placed land mines on the land. Many farmers and other innocent ones had lost their lives or legs, so people had quit caring for their groves and the Israeli government declared the village of Sakhnin a military zone.

03-29-07 - Arab leaders warn of Mideast arms race Wael al-Assad, the league's official in charge of preparations for the meeting, said closer nuclear cooperation was prompted by fear of Israel's nuclear weapons, and Iran's escalation of its program.

03-29-07 - US Consul General Offers Condolences to Families of Victims of Umm al-Nasr Sewage Reservoir Collapse

03-29-07 - "Judaising" Jaffa: the demolition of Ajami

03-29-07 - Scarf face In the Western world, you?ll find them around the necks of many an urban hipster. They?re everywhere: from the streets of New York, to the pages of party website The Cobra Snake and backstage at Fashion Week. A favourite of stylists and models, they?ve also become a cult accessory amongst Tokyo teens.

03-29-07 - Peace Now committed to truth You would think that the Committee for Accuracy in Middle East Reporting in America would be interested in presenting the facts - accurately

03-29-07 - Jewish activist set to lose battle with BBC over Israel reporting Sugar said he applied to see the report because "a very large proportion of the Jewish community felt, rightly or wrongly, that the BBC?s reporting of the second Palestinian intifada, or uprising, that broke out in 2000 was seriously distorted".

03-29-07 - HELENA COBBAN: How analysts in the Arab world see the Iraq war They also all saw a clear linkage between U.S. influence in the region as a whole and U.S. policy toward the Palestinians. They argued forcefully that making real progress on attaining a final Palestinian-Israeli peace could significantly help the U.S. manage the situation in and around Iraq.

03-29-07 - Palestinians try to enter Eurovision song contest

03-29-07 - Board orders civics teacher at centre of Mideast dust-up out of the class Kunin was sent home the very Thursday, January 18, that he and other teachers at a District 12 council meeting sought support for a resolution urging a boycott, divestment and sanctions against Israel because of its occupation of Palestinian land. .....Certainly, tempers prior to the January 18 vote were running very high. A report of the looming debate in the National Post mentioned Kunin's name, and B'nai Brith began a frenetic lobbying effort

03-29-07 - Palestinian casualty abducted by Israeli army on way to hospital

03-29-07 - Jaffa's Ugly Truth

03-29-07 - Appearance of Staunch Israel Critic Sends Penn Campus Into a Tailspin At Bryn Mawr -- where Finkelstein did not receive college sponsorship -- a group of students approached several deans to try to get the talk canceled. They were unsuccessful, according to Tara Malone, co-president of BrynPAC-- Bryn Mawr-Israel Public Affairs Committee.

03-29-07 - Israel's 'new' Procedures Change little at the Borders Israel's continued refusal to process family reunification applications directly affects as many as 500,000 to 750,000 people who may be forced to leave the occupied Palestinian territory to keep their families intact.

03-29-07 - Academic slams Israel for land grab On his first-ever visit to a Gulf state, Pappe was in Doha yesterday at the invitation of the Qatar Foundation to speak at the Doha Debates.

03-29-07 - For Hillel, fashion is no sweat Unique to the show was The One, a line of clothing designers claimed was made in a sweatshop-free, Palestinian-owned factory in Bethlehem on the West Bank. The clothing line touts itself as helping to "build prosperity, co-operation and peace at the very heart of the conflict in the Middle East."

03-29-07 - Jimmy Carter Opened the Window but Eileen Fleming Blew the Door Open The events of 9/11 were the catalyst for this middle aged Physicians wife to leave hearth and home four times to go-witness-and report about life in the Occupied Palestinian Territories Good for you, Eileen.

03-29-07 - Kevin Eigelbach: Still the chosen people? Some Christians go much farther than Wolf in their support for Israel

03-29-07 - Anti-occupation group can tout rally The U.S. Campaign to End the Israeli Occupation is joining with other pacifist groups in planning the June 10 event.

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Thursday, March 29, 2007

News for 03-28-07

03-28-07 - Palestinian militant killed in Israeli raid on Jenin A Palestinian militant was killed by Israeli troops in a pre-dawn raid in the northern West Bank on Wednesday, Palestinian security sources said.

03-28-07 - UN warns of new Gaza sewage flood Rescuers in Umm al-Naser are still continuing to search for more bodies and trying to clear away the sewage.

03-28-07 - Israeli tank shelling seriously wounds three Palestinians

03-28-07 - Four wounded in Israeli strike on Gaza Four Palestinians were wounded by Israeli fire in Gaza on Wednesday, the first military action against militants in the coastal strip since a November truce.

03-28-07 - Palestinians seek shelter after deadly sewage flood In a statement, the Palestinian Centre for Human Rights said Israel bore partial responsibility for the accident because it delayed plans to transfer the pools by blocking the import of the necessary pipes, and also because military operations prevented workers' access to the area.

03-28-07 - Gaza militants fire rockets into southern Israel Palestinian factions have pounded southern Israel with home-made rockets on Wednesday after the Israeli army killed two Palestinians in West Bank

03-28-07 - Arabs unite at summit to renew peace offer to Israel

03-28-07 - PCHR report on the environmental disaster in Um El Nasser village in the Gaza Strip The victims who were killed in yesterday?s environmental disaster in Um El-Naser (Bedouin) village increased to five after rescue crews recovered the body of Fatima Habban Abu Safra (70) yesterday afternoon.

03-28-07 - Eight injured in Gaza clashes, Fateh and Hamas trade accusations On Wednesday evening, Fateh and Hamas movements traded accusation of exchanges of fire in two separate incidents in Gaza that caused the injury of eight Palestinians, including a leader of the Al Qassam Brigades, the armed wing of Hamas, his wife and his two children

03-28-07 - At least 33 Palestinians abducted as Israeli army invades several West Bank areas

03-28-07 - 17 days on, does Gaza clan hold the key? THE BBC correspondent Alan Johnston spent his 17th day in captivity yesterday, meaning he has now been held for longer than any other journalist abducted in the Gaza Strip.

03-28-07 - Arab leaders relaunch peace plan the foreign policy spokesman for Israel's right-wing Likud party, Zalman Shoval, told the BBC that Israel could never accept the parts of the plan that call for the return of refugees who had lived in the territory of pre-1967 Israel. "If 300,000-400,000, or maybe a million, Palestinians would invade the country, that would be the end of the state of Israel as a Jewish state," he said. "That's not why we created the state." There's that Israeli 'democracy' rearing its head again. Israel is all about demoGRAPHY not democracy.

03-28-07 - University students harassed for wearing head scarves at checkpoint

03-28-07 - Arab gov'ts hope to up Palestinian aid

03-28-07 - Arab summit the most dangerous one:Islamic Jihad "A Palestinian statehood in the 1967 borders is considered a concession of all Palestine for the favor of Israel and this harms our cause,"

03-28-07 - Israel breaks up settler protest Officers armed with batons dragged the 300 settlers occupying the site away and placed them on waiting buses.

03-28-07 - U.S. to vet Abbas's forces before training begins A U.S. government document, a copy of which was obtained by Reuters, said members of the presidential guard will undergo a series of local background checks before receiving any U.S.-funded training.

03-28-07 - Most Palestinians view Rice diplomacy negatively: poll That's because, 99 % of the time she spends on such matters, Rice works on behalf of Israel.

03-28-07 - Human Rights Council calls for fact-finding missions to probe alleged Israeli abuses John Dugard, the Special Rapporteur on the situation of human rights in the Palestinian territories occupied since 1967, reported that he had not been able to carry out his survey called for by a Council resolution last July, due to the Israeli Government?s lack of consent.

03-28-07 - Human Rights Council adopts text on follow-up to resolutions on missions to Occupied Palestinian Territory; review of mandates

03-28-07 - Israel boosts Golan troops as contingency -general Israel has reinforced its troops in the Golan Heights as a precautionary step, though neighbouring Syria does not appear to be planning an attack, Israel's top general was quoted as saying on Wednesday.

03-28-07 - Erdogan invites Palestinian president, PM to Turkey: report

03-28-07 - PLO accuses U.S. of giving Palestinians empty promises

03-28-07 - Video: Israeli occupation forces attack Palestinian civilians

03-28-07 - Army abuses a Palestinian man near Hebron

03-28-07 - Arrow passes another test Israel's Arrow II anti-missile defense system passed another test. The Arrow, envisaged as Israel's main bulwark against any future ballistic missile attacks by Iran or Syria, was fired this week in what the Defense Ministry said was a successful test of its avionics

03-28-07 - JINSA: Stop funding al-Hurrah The Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs called on the U.S. Congress to stop funding an Arabic-language broadcaster.

03-28-07 - Saudis admit Israeli journalist Saudi Arabia admitted an Israeli journalist for the first time

03-28-07 - San Francisco federation head resigns Dine previously was executive director of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee and director of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty in Prague. This bolsters my belief that Radio Free Europe is nothing more than another pro-Israeli propaganda tool.

03-28-07 - Israel condemns testimony release Mr Olmert's office said uncensored material could still damage Israel's foreign relations. Why's that?

03-28-07 - Information Clearing House Is an Independent News and Information service. Subscribe and then perhaps make a donation to a great newsletter service.

03-28-07 - Land Day Demonstrations, This Friday & Saturday, March 30-31

03-28-07 - Israel snubs Condoleezza Rice With Israel refusing to give in, Miss Rice was forced to head back to Washington unable to announce any major breakthrough on the decades-old Israeli-Palestinian question. Who wears the pants (provides billions in aid) here?

03-28-07 - An interview with Congresswoman Allyson Schwartz Speaking of Iran, AIPAC (American Israel Public Affairs Committee) is lobbying to block the requirement that the President seek Congressional approval before attacking Iran. What is your view on this?

03-28-07 - Indonesia calls for resuming talks of Palestine-Israel without precondition

03-28-07 - Gaddafi accuses Arab leaders of selling out Palestinians

03-28-07 - Palestinian ambassador speaks at R-N

03-28-07 - Knot in My Name A gutsy production that everyone opposed to it should see.

03-28-07 - AJC Boston Chapter Launches Israel Ad Campaign The American Jewish Committee's Boston Chapter launched today an ad campaign in the Boston Globe to deepen understanding about Israel and support for her ongoing quest to achieve peace and security.

03-28-07 - Jerusalem diocese to install new bishop There's an apartheid going on, and we are here to do justice and mercy and engage mission with both Israel and Palestine at the same time."

03-28-07 - Calling Palestinian journalists: Boundless media competition

03-28-07 - Holy See acknowledges Israeli postponement of talks

03-28-07 - Entire world is not against us In this regard, the size of Israel's official PR (Hasbarah) budget is very revealing, for it is little more than a medium-large commercial company would spend on advertising. This dearth of resources devoted to winning over the hearts and minds of the international community is not to be explained by any objective paucity.

03-28-07 - Banned Chinese director heads to Palestinian territories

03-28-07 - Israel aims to increase U.S. tourism with a PR attack in a racy men's magazine Hoping to capitalize on the latter, Israel's Foreign Ministry, with the help of two of the myriad U.S. pro-Israel lobby groups, decided to speak to U.S. men in a language they'd understand. Mr. Saranga began a long campaign to persuade Maxim to showcase Israel's other assets to its 2.5 million readers Israel reaches down to the bottom of the barrel in its desperate efforts to recover from overexposure of its apartheid-like policies in the Palestinian territories.

03-28-07 - Iran, Israel, and our Shared Security Goals Israel is facing the greatest danger for its survival since the 1967 victory. Israel maintained its dominance since 1967 even after the 1973 failure. In 1984 I wrote that WMD and terrorism would pose a threat for US national security. If two or three cities are destroyed because of terrorism both the US and Israel?s democracy will be eroded and both will become greater dictatorial societies. Has anyone informed Newt that America is NOT Israel? More: "We can?t live next to a Palestinian state that wants to destroy Israel." Who's 'we'?

03-28-07 - Canadian government snubs Palestinian minister Information Minister Mustafa al-Barghuti planned to meet with members of Canada's three opposition parties.
But requests for talks with representatives of Prime Minister Stephen Harper's Conservative government went unanswered, he told reporters outside Parliament.
Harper's nose is planted between the cheeks of Canada's Israel lobby.

03-28-07 - After Years in Middle East Politics, One Palestinian Still Finds Hope To those who seek comfort in claiming that the Palestinians are usurpers in the ancient Jewish homeland with minimal collective history or attachment to Jerusalem, Mr. Nusseibeh can lay out his family?s 1,300 years there filled with teachers, judges and politicians. To those who say that, at Israel?s creation, no Palestinian was forced out, Mr. Nusseibeh can note that his pregnant mother and grandmother were expelled from their home in Ramle by soldiers led by Yitzhak Rabin and obliged to walk into Jordan-controlled East Jerusalem.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2007

News for 03-27-07

03-27-07 - Five killed after sewage floods village in Gaza Five people were killed in Gaza yesterday when overflowing sewage destroyed an earth embankment, flooding a village in the northern strip with mud and waste.

03-27-07 - Militants die in West Bank battle Two Palestinian militants have been killed in a fire fight with Israeli soldiers in the West Bank, Israel's army and the militants' group said.

03-27-07 - Hamas' military urges cancelling Gaza ceasefire today, Abu Obaida, a spokesman for Hamas armed wing, urged other factions to respond to "the ugly crime that the Israeli army committed in Nablus."

03-27-07 - Gaza warned of further sewer collapses

03-27-07 - In pictures A sewage 'tsunami' hits a village in the northern Gaza Strip

03-27-07 - Israel to grab 80 Dunams to construct a Wall section in Qalqilia The Israeli Authorities decided on Tuesday to annex 80 Dunams of farmlands that belong to Qalqilia residents, in the northern part of the West Bank, for the construction of the Annexation Wall. The lands belong to residents of Azoun and Jayyous villages, near Qalqilia.

03-27-07 - Teenager severely beaten and then placed under house arrest That's evidently the recent beating that was caught on tape.

03-27-07 - Cheney: Iraq pullout would hurt Israel A U.S. military withdrawal from Iraq would be damaging to Israel, Dick Cheney said.
Staying there is damaging to the US. Which country do you serve, Dick?

03-27-07 - Summit must not give refugee concessions: Meshaal "he said that conceding legitimate rights such as the right of return and the Palestinian people's right to protection was unacceptable."

03-27-07 - US hawks see strikes on Iran as less likely now ** Mr. Rosbenberg says continued tough talk ? and the Democrat climbdown over the spending bill ? largely serve two functions: To hopefully soften up Iran in ongoing diplomatic negotiations over inspections of its nuclear facilities; and as a sop to hard-line groups like the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), which says it favors attacking Iran if diplomacy doesn't yield results soon, and whose lobbying was largely seen as leading Ms. Pelosi to take her action. I disagree with the author. It's coming, and that's why Rice is suddenly trying to make peace between the Israelis and Palestinians; to get support from those not on board for military action against Iran. All of this newfound talk of diplomacy and pragmatism is a ruse.

03-27-07 - Palestinian refugees in Lebanon pessimistic Refugees in places like the Burj al-Barajneh camp in the overcrowded shantytown on the outskirts of the Lebanese capital Beirut expect the gathering will result in major changes to the 2002 Saudi initiative, including the ?removal of the right of return?.

03-27-07 - Reach out to Israel, Arabs urged US Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice has called on Arab nations to reach out to Israel. Why should they? Has Israel given up the Arab land that it has unlawfully occupied and colonized for nearly 40 years?

03-27-07 - Fate of refugees bedevils quest for Mideast peace Munir Jaber was seven years old when Jewish fighters assaulted the thinly defended village of Deir Yassin near Jerusalem before dawn on April 9, 1948 and killed scores of men, women and children....."Thirty seven of my family were killed," Jaber said, telling how his brother's throat was slit and his cousin was shot. How much more do the Palestinians have to give up to Israel?

03-27-07 - Jordanian king highlights UN role in Mideast peace process The role played by the UN to bring Palestinians and Israelis back to the negotiating table and to alleviate the economic difficulties facing the Palestinians is highly appreciated, said Abdullah

03-27-07 - HEBRON UPDATE: 12 March to 17 March 2007

03-27-07 - British consul strip searched at Israeli PM's office

03-27-07 - Undercover Israeli Army Unit Sweeps into Khan Younis

03-27-07 - Arab plan best chance for peace: Abbas "If this initiative is destroyed, I do not believe that a better chance for peace will present itself in the near future," Abbas told AFP.

03-27-07 - Israelis destroying children's play area and seven homes near Al Aqsa Mosque in East Jerusalem Muslim and Christian dignitaries held an emergency meeting in Jerusalem last night. The subject was demolition in the Old City's Bab Hatta neighborhood that will leave seven families homeless and hundreds of children without a place to play.

03-27-07 - Israeli army invades several West Bank areas and abducts seven civilians Shikh Bilal Abu Safra, the vice director of the charity office in the Palestinian ministry of religious affairs and holy sites ( WAQF), was taken from his home in the city after troops suurounded the house and searched it, local sources reported.

03-27-07 - U.S. offers millions to strengthen Abbas's forces It is unclear whether the revised package will win U.S. congressional backing. Israel's agents on Capitol Hill will block this initiative as well, no doubt.

03-27-07 - Water rights expert: Israel must compensate for theft of Palestinian water Dr. Fadiyah Deibs is calling for the United Nations to put an end to the Israeli siege on Palestinian water sources. The Israelis control the Palestinian water supply and therefore the Palestinians have no rights in this regard, said the natural resources expert in the UN on Tuesday.

03-27-07 - Arabs head to Saudi summit to endorse Mideast peace

03-27-07 - Israel and Palestinian leaders agree to regular talks Israeli and Palestinian leaders have agreed to hold confidence-building talks every two weeks that could eventually lead to discussions on a Palestinian state, U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice said on Tuesday.

03-27-07 - Lift economic blockade on Palestinians says world Lutheran body The main governing body of the Lutheran World Federation has called on the international community to end an economic blockade imposed on Palestinian territories to enable the restoration of infrastructure there.

03-27-07 - Iraq's break-up will lead to '100 Years War' The Jordanian prince warned that a possible break-up would play into the hands of Israeli "extremists," making Israel the dominant minority in a region of minorities. Divide and conquer.

03-27-07 - Christians plan 'Jerusalem Assembly' " Celebrating the nearly forty years since the reunification of Jerusalem, Covenant Alliances will bring a delegation of more than two hundred Christian Zionist leaders for the US., Canada, England Africa and Israel who will highlight their love and dedication to the State of Israel,"

03-27-07 - BBC fights to suppress internal report into allegations of bias against Israel

03-27-07 - Secretary Rice prods Mideast players to table When George Bush entered the White House in 2001 amid the early days of the Palestinian uprising, and after President Clinton's administration failed peace summits, the administration disengaged from the nuts and bolts of peacemaking. The only times the US seeks peace initiatives between these two groups is when the neocon-driven Bush admin seeks to gain support for an attack on a Middle Eastern nation.

03-27-07 - Now is the time to call the bluff of the land of missed opportunities

03-27-07 - Israel gives in on 'road map' to grease wheels of peace push Israeli analysts conclude that unlike the neo-cons, she believes that such movement is possible and that it could strengthen the axis of moderate Arab states around U.S. leadership in the critical standoff with Iran. Bingo.

03-27-07 - The Occupation of Hebron : Call for Papers All academic submissions related to these themes are welcome. This includes as well papers on the territories occupied by Israel, and in particular related to the jurisprudence of the Israeli High Court.

03-27-07 - Rashid Khalidi on Elliot Abrams' 'Hard Coup' Against Hamas

03-27-07 - Muslims share experiences with racism

03-27-07 - Disputed Play on Gaza Activist Debuts in Seattle outside the theatre, volunteers, like Lisa Connick are handing out leaflets with a similar message. There are a few tense moments.

03-27-07 - Police prepare for Homesh evacuation The police are preparing for the evacuation of hundreds of settlers who reoccupied the settlement of Homesh which was evacuated and destroyed in the summer of 2005 under Israel's disengagement plan.

03-27-07 - Contemporary Arab Cinema showcased in five major film events

03-27-07 - Photo exhibit continues in Ramallah: At the Checkpoint

03-27-07 - Poll: Half of Israeli Jews think state should encourage Arab emigration A poll commissioned by the Center for the Campaign Against Racism found that half of Jewish Israelis believe the state should encourage its Arab citizens to emigrate.

03-27-07 - Israeli prison administration attempts to break nonviolent resistance

03-27-07 - Defense: Feds eyeballed AIPAC until it cut off Rosen, Weissman The U.S. Attorney in eastern Virginia at the time, Paul McNulty, "would like to end it with minimal damage to AIPAC," the document quotes Lewin as telling Lowell. "He is fighting with the FBI to limit the investigation to Steve Rosen and Keith Weissman and to avoid expanding it." WTF for? Read on: "When McNulty brought the indictment six months later, in August 2005, he emphasized that AIPAC was not under investigation. McNulty is now the deputy U.S. attorney general." No kidding? More: "On March 15, 2005, government officials meet with Lewin, the AIPAC lawyer, and disclose secretly obtained evidence; on March 18, McNulty's office allegedly tells Lewin that "AIPAC needed to fire Rosen and Weissman;" and on March 21, they're fired"

03-27-07 - ?Marriage to an Arab is national treason? Over half of the Jewish population in Israel believes the marriage of a Jewish woman to an Arab man is equal to national treason, according to a recent survey by the Geocartography Institute.

03-27-07 - Rally to be held to commemorate Palestinian holiday

03-27-07 - Arab peace initiative expected to be centerpiece in Riyadh summit Olmert lacks the political capital to come to a final agreement with the Palestinians. Any agreement would entail giving Palestinian land back and the implementation of the right of return - 2 no nos. The fact that Likud would lead in any new Israeli elections signifies that there's even less of a chance for any peace agreement.

03-27-07 - Accept peace plan or face war, Israel told Prince Saud dismissed any further diplomatic overtures towards Israel. "It has never been proven that reaching out to Israel achieves anything," he said. "Other Arab countries have recognised Israel and what has that achieved?

03-27-07 - Israel's apologists distort the truth This method of attacking the messenger is clearly on display in Brumer's article as well as in the flurry of protest against the play "My Name is Rachel Corrie" at the Seattle Repertory Theatre Great piece. Read the entire thing.

03-27-07 - Joy trumps woe in West Bank I am a student at the Rochester Institute of Technology and I just returned from volunteering for three months in the West Bank, in part working with impoverished Palestinian children in the House of Hope in Bethlehem, a school for about 30 disabled children

03-27-07 - University apologizes to its Hillel Pace Hillel President Michael Abdurakhmanov told The New York Times in January that following complaints by a Muslim student group, a dean told him not to show "Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West."? If the film were shown, the dean allegedly said, police could be called in and Hillel members could be considered suspects in recent Islamophobic acts.
Hillel is a pro-Israel outfit.

03-27-07 - Danes cleared of financing terror Two members of a Danish Palestinian foundation who sponsored a group associated with Hamas were cleared of funding terrorism

03-27-07 - New Rep offers its first summer show "We're offering probably the most controversial play in America, one with a pro-Palestinian perspective, and we're pairing it with another play with a pro-Israeli perspective,"

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Tuesday, March 27, 2007

News for 03-26-07

03-26-07 - One Palestinian shepherd found dead near a settlement in northern West Bank Jaber's family stated that he went missing on Sunday afternoon; Palestinian security sources stated that the man was choked to death and stabbed with a knife several times. The Israeli army rushed to the scene and surrounded the area, they did not allow family members of the victim to take the body or examine it.

03-26-07 - Palestinian farmer killed in West Bank- officials Jawdat Bani-Jaber, mayor of Aqraba, accused Jewish settlers of being behind the killing.

03-26-07 - Palestinian Economy Tumbles Under Sanctions

03-26-07 - Israel resists Rice plan for talks on peace settlement Another shadow was cast over Ms Rice's efforts by the arrival yesterday of 2,000 Jewish settlers at the northern West Bank settlement of Homesh ­ evacuated in August 2005 under Ariel Sharon's disengagement plan

03-26-07 - Five residents injured in Hamas-Fateh clashes in Rafah Palestinian medical sources at Abu Yousef Al Najjar Hospital in Rafah, in the southern part of the Gaza Strip, reported on Monday at night that five residents were shot and injured during clashes between Hamas and Fateh gunmen.

03-26-07 - BBC rallies for missing reporter The BBC set up a satellite link between Gaza and Television Centre so staff and supporters could exchange messages of support on giant screens.

03-26-07 - Jordan backs Mid-East peace plan

03-26-07 - Rice, Livni meet Washington has no intention of taking over Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, Condoleezza Rice said.

03-26-07 - IDF may re-evict Homesh Wednesday Despite Monday's calm, Tuesday is expected to be more turbulent, due in large part to the army's intended response to a vision such as Wallerstein's. And so we can expect that the IDF will use water cannons, rubber bullets and sound grenades much like they use at the Palestinian protests, yes?

03-26-07 - Parents of Palestinian girl killed by IDF in December sue state The two girls passed close to the separation barrier near Faroun Village in the Tul Karm province, when IDF soldiers opened fire at them. Doaa was fatally wounded and taken to Beilinson Hospital, where she died.

03-26-07 - 'No comment' from PMO officials on Olmert-Saudi meeting reports Arab sources told Haaretz that Saudi Arabia's National Security Advisor, Prince Bandar bin Sultan, met with Olmert again in a follow-up to their previous meeting in Jordan about six months ago.

03-26-07 - Indonesia planning to host meeting between Hamas, Western figures

03-26-07 - Rice accedes to PM, won't discuss final status The decision to make a lukewarm and substantially softer statement during the press conference was made following deliberations between Rice and Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. Thus does Rice continue working on behalf of Israel, not America.

03-26-07 - World Bank touts Rafiah to save PA economy A recent World Bank report recommends making the Rafiah border crossing between the Gaza Strip and Egypt the primary export point for Palestinian-made goods, replacing the limited Palestinian access to Israeli ports. Exports via Rafiah would gain access to the Suez Canal seaport and Egypt's international airport in Cairo.

03-26-07 - Fallout fear puts deadline on nuclear sites attack ** Sources cited by The Jerusalem Post say a US or Israeli strike on the Iranian facilities would probably be carried out before Iran had enriched weapons-grade material in sufficient amounts to trigger a nuclear catastrophe if hit.

03-26-07 - 12 Palestinian civilians abducted as Israeli army invades several parts of West Bank The abductions were focused on the cities of Ramallah in the central West Bank, where three civilians were taken, and Hebron city in the southern West Bank where seven were taken.

03-26-07 - World Bank urges opening Gaza border for trade

03-26-07 - European Observers? Chief at Rafah Crossing Terminal Rethinks Presence Pistolese was speaking in an interview with an Israeli daily. The EU official said that the EU?s presence at the crossing has been part of the EU?s investment for the advancement of peace between the Palestinians and Israelis. He said that for Israel to help this investment is useful, as it should keep the crossing opened.

03-26-07 - Palestinian delegation has four point plan for Arab summit President Abbas will be in the Saudi Arabian capital of Riyadh on Tuesday afternoon accompanied by Prime Minister Haniya and a four point plan that includes UN Resolution 194 as part of the Arab Peace Initiative.

03-26-07 - Two Palestinian youths abducted as Israeli army attacks Jenin University A massive Israeli army force invaded the northern West Bank city of Jenin on Monday midday then surrounded the American- Arab University, two Palestinian youths were abducted.

03-26-07 - Israeli Army Shells a Palestinian Truck in Eastern Gaza

03-26-07 - Palestine Times hits the shelves If only they would run segments like this on regular CNN.

03-26-07 - China protests Israeli MK visit to Taiwan

03-26-07 - The real refugee problem There is a legitimate reason why the U.N. and Arab countries are not focusing on the Jewish refugees. That is because they became free citizens of a state they helped create. The true refugee issue of the Middle East is that of the Palestinians.

03-26-07 - Neighborly advice on Iraq It goes without saying that what all of Iraq's neighbors want most is an Israeli-Palestinian settlement. What all fear most is a U.S. war with Iran. It would be nice to divorce Iraq's woes from those broader conflicts, but the reality of the Middle East is that progress on all of these issues is fiendishly interlinked

03-26-07 - An overdue yellow card Boycotting Israel's goods and sporting events may not bring peace and justice, but it will send an important message to the country's leaders.

03-26-07 - EU snaps up Gaza croc woman The woman told border guards she intended to sell the crocodiles to a zoo in Gaza City.

03-26-07 - Alan Johnston: Your messages Do you have a message for missing BBC correspondent Alan Johnston?

03-26-07 - Rachel Corrie, spotlighted yet again All that now remains is to wait and see how this fresh approach to countering the play is received. Will the advertisements make any real headway toward educating audiences? Seattle Jewry hopes so.

03-26-07 - 2-1 voters believe P.A. state would be terrorist American voters believe by a 2-1 margin that a Palestinian state would be a terrorist state and not a democracy, a new poll shows. Whaddya know, having well-placed 'friends' in the MSM American media really does wonders.

03-26-07 - PLO: Hopes Deferred, Hopes Renewed

03-26-07 - Soccer-Israeli former Palestine coach dies of cancer Nasser, 50, who played for Hapoel Haifa in the 1980s, also coached a number of clubs representing Israel's Arab communities, including Ahi Nazareth with whom he won promotion to the Premier League in 2003, and Bnei Sakhnin.

03-26-07 - Fingerprints of history "I believe that a branch of Syrian Baath Party security assassinated Al-Hariri. I don?t say, however, that [Syrian President] Bashar Al-Assad was involved. I don?t think it was sanctioned from the top. I was walking on Beirut?s corniche, 400 metres away, when it happened. I got there before anyone and before the police. I saw Hariri on fire in the street. His socks were burning. And when I asked one Lebanese who was assassinated, he told me it was Hariri."

03-26-07 - Film on "Radical Islam" Tied to Pro-Israel Groups A controversial documentary on the threat of radical Islam, promoted by the two most-watched U.S. cable news networks, was marketed and supported in part by self-described "pro-Israel" groups, according to an IPS investigation Look no further for proof that Israel has very good friends in our MSM media. You think you're getting credible news? ROFLMAO. Funny, and yet thoroughly repulsive.

03-26-07 - Syrian President meets British parliament delegation on regional situation Syrian President Bashar al-Assad met on Monday a delegation of the British House of Commons Foreign Affairs Committee on the regional situation, particularly in Iraq, the occupied Palestinian territories and Lebanon.

03-26-07 - Salam Fayyad: Everyone's favorite Palestinian

03-26-07 - Global battles on the silver screen: war films at Ankara film fest The second film in the lineup is Rashid Masharawi's 1996 movie "Haifa," which depicts the events that unfurl in a Palestinian refugee camp.

03-26-07 - Holy See: Religions Can Aid Peace in Holy Land Monsignor Pietro Parolin, undersecretary for relations with states of the Vatican Secretariat of State, said this last Thursday when addressing a conference sponsored by the U.N. committee dedicated to the rights of the Palestinian peoples.

03-26-07 - Make settlers decide Israel should pull out of Hebron, let settlers decide where they wish to live

03-26-07 - Senators sign letter to Rice on P.A. The Senate letter was strongly supported by the American Israel Public Affairs Committee.

03-26-07 - British Gas deal decision deferred again

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Monday, March 26, 2007

News for 03-25-07

03-25-07 - Gaza rally for BBC correspondent More than 100 journalists, politicians, and others attended the rally.

03-25-07 - Six civilians injured by gunmen in Khan Younis Palestinian medical sources in the southern Gaza Strip city of Khan Younis reported that six residents, including four members of the same family, were shot and injured on Saturday evening by unknown gunmen.

03-25-07 - UN Chief Criticizes Israeli Military Checkpoint Pursuit

03-25-07 - 'Bush House Man' would hate the fuss There was no one more aware than Alan Johnston of the dangers of reporting from Gaza, but he thought the risks were worth taking in the pursuit of a good story

03-25-07 - 'My son lived a worthwhile life' When the Hurndalls met Jack Straw, the then foreign secretary, they found him remote and cold. Blair never publicly condemned the shooting. On top of all this, she received anonymous phone calls and letters calling her a "Nazi-lover" for questioning the Israeli authorities.

03-25-07 - Hamas rejects Israel's decision to withhold Palestinian tax revenues "Since the first day when Hamas won parliamentary elections more than a year ago, Israel has tried to blackmail the Palestinian people by withholding their money,"

03-25-07 - Arabs to remind Israel of peace plan, not dilute it Israel's goal is the same as it has always been - to keep as much Arab land as possible with as few Arabs as possible on it. The new kicker - that they want the Arab nations to normalize relations with them BEFORE any peace deals. In other words, Israel wants its cake (Palestinian land) and it wants to eat it too (via normalized relations). Good luck.

03-25-07 - Swedish offer support during governmental meeting

03-25-07 - Palestinian official hopes Rice will revive Mideast peace process

03-25-07 - Egypt says Arab peace plan is basis for talks "Of course the Arab side cannot make a proposal then amend it before taking up the matter with the other party. We are waiting for the Israeli side,"

03-25-07 - UN Secretary General in Aida Camp

03-25-07 - Palestinian envoy delivers message to Syrian president Shortly before meeting Sharaa, Fatouh told Deutsche Presse-Agentur dpa that the aim of his visit is to brief the Syrian leadership on the latest development on the Palestinian arena.

03-25-07 - Israelis-Palestinians trade barbs ahead of Rice visit "If the American administration wants its peace efforts to succeed it must force Israel to enter into serious negotiations,"

03-25-07 - Naveh cancels travel restrictions in West Bank Major General Yair Naveh, head of the IDF's Central Command, announced Sunday that he is canceling the Order on Movement and Travel, which would have banned transporting Palestinians in vehicles driven by Israelis or foreigners, unless the drivers possessed a special permit.

03-25-07 - Abbas reiterates commitment to peace, ceasefire

03-25-07 - FACTBOX-Arab proposal for peace with Israel

03-25-07 - How a Three-Word Mantra Has Undermined America To justify the "war on terror," the administration has lately crafted a false historical narrative that could even become a self-fulfilling prophecy. By claiming that its war is similar to earlier U.S. struggles against Nazism and then Stalinism (while ignoring the fact that both Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia were first-rate military powers, a status al-Qaeda neither has nor can achieve), the administration could be preparing the case for war with Iran.

03-25-07 - ADC calls for congressional inquiry into Bolton remarks Bolton was quoted in an interview with BBC saying he was, "damned proud of what we did" to prevent an early ceasefire

03-25-07 - 'At that moment life stopped for a part of me, as it had for you' Extracted from Defy the Stars by Jocelyn Hurndall

03-25-07 - For Many Palestinians, ?Return? Is Not a Goal

03-25-07 - Security tight for Israeli mobster U.S. officials are turning over one of Israel's most notorious gangsters to serve a 12-year prison term in his homeland, a report says.

03-25-07 - Israel: Lebanon Cease-Fire in Jeopardy Israel's defense minister told the head of the United Nations on Saturday that the U.N.-brokered cease-fire in southern Lebanon is endangered by Hezbollah militants, who continue to hold two captured Israeli soldiers and receive arms shipments from Syria.

03-25-07 - Palestine Mozart Festival begins March 31 in Jerusalem One of the largest performing arts projects ever staged in the Occupied Territories, the Palestine Mozart Festival ( will feature over 25 events staged in Ramallah, Bethlehem, Nablus and East Jerusalem.

03-25-07 - Kidnapped soldiers' father frustrated

03-25-07 - TV Evangelist John Hagee Wants War With Iran, and He Wants It Now!

03-25-07 - Leftists protest near disputed Hebron house

03-25-07 - Joint Letter of Palestinian Human Rights Organizations Submitted to the UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on the Occasion of his Visit to the Occupied Palestinian Territory

03-25-07 - Protest held over jailed professor According to the supporters and demonstrators, al-Arian also was promised in his plea that he would be deported from the U.S.

03-25-07 - Student urges Stanford divestment from Israel

03-25-07 - Muslim activist strives to bridge cultures

03-25-07 - FEATURE-Palestinian militant leader in Lebanon spotlight

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Sunday, March 25, 2007

News for 03-24-07

03-24-07 - Israeli Army Wounds a Palestinian Resident in Northern Gaza Palestinian medical sources in northern Gaza reported Saturday that a Palestinian resident was shot and wounded by Israeli army gun fire near the Beit Hanoun industrial zone.

03-24-07 - Presidential spokesperson: with one excuse after another, Israel will still not seriously negotiate

03-24-07 - Fateh spokesperson: no fingers pointed in Gaza internal fighting, joint investigations underway Although internal fighting subsided late last night, the Fateh spokesperson in Tulkarem says the situation remains grave. Samir Naifa addressed the issue on Saturday from the northwestern West Bank city.

03-24-07 - Suspects in Jaffa murder nabbed in West Bank village IDF forces, police officers detain nine people suspected of involvement in murder of fellow Palestinian who killed his wife a few years ago

03-24-07 - Palestinian foreign minister to visit France: official The new Palestinian foreign minister, Ziad Abu Amr, is an independent. The French invitation suggested April 2 as a date, but the trip would have to take place later because of scheduling conflicts, said Abu Amr's deputy, Ahmed Suboh.

03-24-07 - Ghazi Hammad: Israeli Withholding of PA Due Tax Money 'Repressive'

03-24-07 - United States Dissatisfied with Renewed Norway-PA Ties United States Department of State summoned Friday Norway?s ambassador to Washington over Norwegian deputy-foreign minister?s meeting with Palestinian Prime Minister, Ismail Haniya, in Gaza last week.

03-24-07 - Peretz's aides: Progress depends on Shalit's release Ban has already said that he has no plans to meet with Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh during his Middle East tour.

03-24-07 - UN chief urges Palestinian cabinet to meet world demands UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon urged the newly formed Palestinian unity government Saturday to meet the demands set by the international community.

03-24-07 - European Commission to Fund Impoverished Palestinians The European Commission (EC) announced Saturday it would pay $US 9 million in aid to impoverished Palestinian households.

03-24-07 - Islamic Jihad: Rice's visit means to campaign strike against Iran "We think this visit comes as part of preparations for war targeting Iran or Hezbollah... and maybe to strike an Arab country, "

03-24-07 - Moussa: No plans to modify Arab peace initiative "We fail to understand why we should modify such a peace offer, and make it less objective and less positive. We are not going to fall into this trap,"

03-24-07 - A glimmer of hope for Gaza's lifeline Gaza, crammed with 1.4 million people, wasn't prosperous to begin with, and the Karni bottleneck has helped push unemployment to 36 percent by suppressing trade and driving up transportation costs and consumer prices. As soon as Condi leaves the region, the gates at Karni will be slammed shut. Happens every time.

03-24-07 - Palestinians to ask fund aid from Arab summit: minister

03-24-07 - Settlers plan defiant return to West Bank Retaking Homesh is just one of a series of increasingly brazen initiatives by hardcore settlers bent on revitalising like-minded ideologues who believe they have a Biblical right to the ancient land of Israel. Last week, a group of settlers took over a Palestinian-built apartment block in the West Bank flashpoint town of Hebron, claiming they had purchased the building legally. Other groups say they are planning to establish several new settlements late next month.

03-24-07 - PA minister accuses Olmert, Peretz of war crimes In a press conference in Ramallah on Saturday, Dr. Barghouti presented a video in which IDF soldiers are seen beating a Palestinian youth at the Hawara checkpoint in Nablus and another video documenting abuse in the al-Ubaydia village near Bethlehem.

03-24-07 - Tentative Moves Toward New Palestine Govt

03-24-07 - Evangelical leaders urge unconditional support for Israel Two prominent evangelical Christian broadcasters are urging Christians to pledge "unconditional support" for the State of Israel.

03-24-07 - Photography exhibit opens: arresting images of the Draconian measures which trample human dignity Palestinian children and the elderly were highlighted as Israeli forces subjected them to "Draconian measures which trample human dignity," described one attending journalist.

03-24-07 - The Condi Diary: Night Flight to Egypt On the night flight to Egypt, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice planned to curl up with Michael Oren's Power, Faith and Fantasy, America in the Middle East: 1776 to the Present. Recommending the bestseller to the reporters traveling with her, she noted that American involvement in the region went back to Thomas Jefferson.

Thoroughly repulsive. That book is a piece of pro-Israeli proganda to further the notion that Israel and America should be hopelessly intertwined (clusterf#$ked).

03-24-07 - Rice meets Arabs, urges reconciliation with Israel U.S. Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on Saturday made the case to four Arab foreign ministers that a broader Arab-Israeli reconciliation would help promote peace between Israelis and Palestinians. Thus does Rice parrot an Israeli official that recently stated that these Arab nations should normalize ties with Israel now, BEFORE Israel gives back the Palestinian land it has unlawfully occupied and colonized for nearly forty years.

03-24-07 - Lebanon Islamists recruit Palestinians to fight Israel

03-24-07 - Australia to maintain boycott on PA

03-24-07 - Arab, Jewish teens look for common ground Nofar Carmeli used to see Arabs as people who hated her because she is Jewish. She thought they wanted to kill her. Someone wants you to believe that. Same folks want Americans to believe that they 'hate us for our freedom' and because 'we're infidels'.

03-24-07 - Ontario Press Council refused to acknowledge proof of plagiarism in Globe and Mail editorial Gee lifted the propaganda whole cloth from PMW never bothering to check its accuracy (!) or even citing it as a source, unlike the Jerusalem Post, which did cite it. Note again that Israel shills in the MSM (this time in Canada) are using PMW 'findings' without any question as to their veracity despite the known agenda of said organization. It was only after charges of plagiarism that the Globe and Mail decided to investigate the truthfulness of the information coming from the PMW. Strange then that the Israel-defenders in the American MSM and consequently members of Capitol Hill are relying heavily upon the findings of the PMW to judge the behavior/textbooks of Palestinians.

03-24-07 - Israeli peace activist speaking at WSU Outside these growing walls, Palestinian homes are demolished regardless of ownership. "I see it every day and I can't believe the world is letting Israel do this," Halper said.

03-24-07 - Police, IDF block bike tour through West Bank An Israeli rider, Haggai Mattar, 23, said he spoke to soldiers and police in Hebrew, and was given a variety of reasons for why the ride was being halted, including that the bikers had no permit for the tour and that there was concern about their safety. "Everyone gave a different answer," he said.

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Saturday, March 24, 2007

News for 03-23-07

03-23-07 - Preventive security member killed in internal clashes in Gaza The sources stated that resident Arafa Nofal, a member of the Preventive Security Force, was shot and killed during armed clashes between Hamas and Fateh gunmen.

03-23-07 - Border Guard policemen admit they abused Palestinian teen According to Qawarik, the policemen detained him and his friends after they were leaving school, and then "two of the policemen started hitting me in the legs with a rifle, punching me, slamming my head against the door of a nearby container, pushing me to the floor and hitting me in the head."

03-23-07 - 'All efforts' in hunt for BBC man Every possible effort is being made to secure the release of BBC Gaza correspondent Alan Johnston, a Palestinian presidential aide has said.

03-23-07 - Friday prayers on Bethlehem lands threatened with confiscation Hundreds of Palestinians marched in the weekly nonviolent demonstration against land confiscation in southern Bethlehem.

03-23-07 - Palestinians cope with water scarcity in Gaza Most Palestinian children live with far less than the recommended daily minimum amount of 20 litres of clean water. In Gaza, it is hard to obtain because salinity and sewage have seeped into the coastal aquifer

03-23-07 - Report: no deal reached on release of Israeli soldier

03-23-07 - UAE reiterates support for Palestinians' right to self- determination

03-23-07 - Nonviolent Palestinian resistance to occupation: there is no peace with checkpoints or settlements As a bastion of Palestinian nonviolent resistance to Israeli occupation, western Ramallah's Bil'in Village hosted a conference for all regions of the West Bank.

03-23-07 - Fateh condemns southern West Bank arrests and assassination attempts Al Zarir added, ?Israel is doing this every day in the West Bank cities of Nablus, Jenin, Ramallah and Bethlehem, and all the areas of the West Bank.

03-23-07 - Kuwait says holds Israel responsible for violations against Palestinians

03-23-07 - Voter list update highlights Palestinian suspicions An official on the Elections Commission, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the Hamas government refused to cooperate in the effort because "they are scared that what's going on are preparations for new elections."

03-23-07 - PCHR: Weekly report: 2 Palestinians killed, 13 injured including 7 children

03-23-07 - Rice visits Mideast amid doubts about U.S. commitment

03-23-07 - Judge Palestinian cabinet by actions: Belgian FM

03-23-07 - Israel suggests reciprocal truce: Abbas

03-23-07 - Israel seeks friends through MySpace page Officials hope that running a MySpace page dedicated to Israel will help improve relations with people from other countries, and increase awareness and communication with those under 35. Yesterday it was announced that Israel will resort to some soft porn via Maxim to promote its image, now they are trawling My Space for 'friends'. I've an idea: why not cease crapping all over the Palestinians, stealing their land and that of their neighbors, and flipping off the entire world in the process, including America? Rocket science.

03-23-07 - B'nai B'rith calls for U.N. official's ouster B'nai B'rith International called for the ouster of a U.N. special rapporteur on Palestinian rights.

03-23-07 - Court affirms former professor's contempt citation Sami al-Arian also ended his two-month hunger strike in a North Carolina federal prison. He says a plea agreement exempts him from testifying before the grand jury.

03-23-07 - Bikes vs. Bombs There were many nationalities represented. Hundreds of Palestinians, thirty or so Israelis, Danish, American, Spanish, Canadian, all coming together in the intellectual center of Palestine to bike in solidarity against Israel?s current system of Apartheid.

03-23-07 - Robert D. Novak: W ducks dinner with press Behind Clintonites harping on this incident is the political danger risked by any Democrat displaying sympathy for the Palestinian cause, as Hillary Clinton did when she was first lady.

03-23-07 - 'Peace in the Middle East:' Malley's Solutions For Conflict The 2000 Camp David was unsuccessful because of the people who sat on the committee was unaware of any culture familiarity. He mentioned that people in the United States understand the position of the Israelis but do not completely understand that of the Palestinians

03-23-07 - EU should not wait for US nod By definition, democracy is a choice made by a sovereign people and it should therefore not depend on the approbation of foreign countries, and certainly not of a country which militarily occupies another one.

03-23-07 - Israel to brand Arabs as peace spoilers Israel is gearing up for a diplomatic campaign that will paint the Arab world as the recalcitrant party if it does not drop the article in the Arab peace initiative that calls for the "right of return" for Palestinian refugees, The Jerusalem Post has learned. And it will succeed (at least in Canada, America and Australia) thanks to Israel's many cohorts in the media.

03-23-07 - Rice to Palestinians: End incitement against Israel This brouhaha about the purported incitement in Palestinian textbooks was started by PMW - a(nother) pro-Israeli media 'watchdog' with an agenda like that of MEMRI.

03-23-07 - Congress considers funding Holocaust education Both houses of Congress are considering bipartisan legislation to offer federal funds for Holocaust studies in schools

03-23-07 - Illegal West Bank settlers demand compensation for evacuating outpost

03-23-07 - No country, no pool, but Palestinians take the plunge The swimmers made it clear they were here to swim, but also to make a splash. "I'm proud to be here and represent my country," said Nassar. "It's the best thing anyone can do."

03-23-07 - UN chief in Egypt in push for Mideast peace

03-23-07 - Israel United: Can football heal a divided nation? Playing Beitar at Jerusalem's Teddy Kollek Stadium, Suan has been confronted with banners saying "Death to Arabs" and "Abbas Suan: you don't represent us." ...This month's game between Maccabi Haifa and Beitar Jerusalem was a case in point. Thousands of fans joined in a newer and ugly chant: "Abbas Suan has cancer." But one is to believe that it's the Arabs that are the racists (anti-Semites), a notion routinely put forth by the MSM in America. This kind of talk, like this, will never make the news here.

03-23-07 - Israeli Soldiers Stand Firm, but Duty Wears on the Soul the man said that he, too, had served in the West Bank, "and I'm proud of what I did there to defend Israelis."
It is crucial to intimidate people at checkpoints to keep them cowed, he said, his voice shaking a little, "because we are so few there, and they are so many."

03-23-07 - Israel, Palestine continued focus of responsible investment committee MRTI's efforts are the result of a decision of the 216th General Assembly (GA) in 2004 to "initiate the process of phased, selective divestment" from companies the PC(USA) believes are profiting from the Israeli occupation of Palestinian territories and from construction of Israel's security barrier

03-23-07 - 'Careful vetting'? Read between the lines of this article. Our Congress jumps at the whims of staunch Zionist 'watchdogs' such as PMW. Frankly though, this is nothing new. The veracity of their 'findings', given their obvious bias, is not in question either, evidently.

03-23-07 - "Damned Proud" of Dead Arab Women and Children

03-23-07 - Six hours in Bethlehem

03-23-07 - A Holy Land connection with the Archdiocese of Cincinnati Led by Father Rob Waller, St. Andrew/St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Parish laid the foundation for the program that brings Palestinian Christian children to the United States.

03-23-07 - Fatah leader's son out from Israeli jail Israel released the son of a Fatah leader who had spent three years in prison and have put him under house arrest in the West Bank.

03-23-07 - Global contest seeks a "just, peaceful" Jerusalem

03-23-07 - Peace activist Jeff Halper to speak at U of M Hibbing-raised Halper, an anthropologist, is the coordinator of the Israeli Committee Against House Demolitions (ICAHD) a leading organization of the Israeli peace movement.

03-23-07 - "My Name Is Rachel Corrie" | Play brings words of Olympia woman, activist to life

03-23-07 - Just Whom Does Congress Represent? What did Pelosi say that so enraged the AIPAC audience? Here is Pelosi in here own words: "Any U.S. military engagement must be judged on three counts - whether it makes our country safer, our military stronger, or the region more stable. The war in Iraq fails on all three scores."

03-23-07 - Israel's football frenzy Generally, Israel is aware that it has a PR problem, and the visit of the English is an opportunity for the country to present a side to itself beyond the controversies of conflict in the region

03-23-07 - Letter: Girl's death highlights Palestinians' plight

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